Isabella Hernández was my first friend and supporter when I moved to Ometepe in Nicaragua sixteen years ago. She fed me and welcomed me into her family when all I had was a grass-thatched bamboo hut that leaked. She was the magic behind the little neighborhood restaurant Café Isabella that fed her family and me on one side and sold tamales on the other.
Her place was very much the center of the community. Sitting in her kitchen meant sitting in the center of a rich culture but it also showed me the reality of poverty--the brutal nutritional deficiency amongst the children. With Isabella’s help we started up a successful children’s nutritional program that over the years has supported hundreds of young lives. Isabella amazed and impressed me as she reached out to others in need while struggling with the depths of her own family’s poverty. A rare soul indeed.
Shortly after I arrived Isabella was left alone and homeless by her husband. She raised her three children on her own, living by the grace of relatives and the community. I am fund-raising through December 31st to help Isabella build a simple home that is independently hers and a place for her family to gather. A small one bedroom home will cost $8,000 from foundation to roof. I am dedicated to fund-raising for and getting Isabella’s home built, and I need your help to do it. This is a unique opportunity to reach out directly and change a life during the season of giving.
100% funds raised go toward building materials and labor.
Thank you for helping.
· Isabella is 41
· Lives on Ometepe Island, Nicaragua
· Has 3 children, 5 grandchildren
· Volunteers for visiting health brigades
· Big part of her church community
· Has a really Big Heart!
Michael Judd is the founder of both Project Bona Fide and Mano Amiga Community Center, both on Ometepe Island, Nicaragua.